New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: The Ministry of Finance had last year on April 23 informed that the Central government employees will not get the additional installments of Dearness Allowance (DA) and Dearness Relief (DR) due from July 1, 2020 and January 1, 2021.
In a release on the freezing of DA to Central Government employees and DR to Central government, the Ministry had said that in view of the crisis arising out of COVID-19, the additional installment of DA and DR, due from 1st January 2020, will not be paid.
However, Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief at current rates will continue to be paid, it had said.
“As and when the decision to release the future installment of Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief due from 1st July 2021 is taken by the Government, the rates of Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief as effective from 1st January 2020, 1st July 2020 and 1st January 2021 will be restored prospectively and will be subsumed in the cumulative revised rate effective from 1st July 2021,” an official release had read.
It had further informed that ‘no arrears for the period from 1st January 2020 till 30th June 2021 shall be paid’. “These orders shall be applicable to all Central Government employees and Central Government pensioners,” it added.
However, Anurag Thakur, the Minister of State (MoS) for Finance, recently informed that the three pending DA installments of the CG employees will be ‘subsumed’ and the revised DA rates will be effective from 1st July 2021.
“As and when the decision to release the future installments of Dearness Allowance due from 01.07.2021 is taken, the rates of DA as effective from 01.01.2020, 01.07.2020 and 01.01. 2021 will be restored prospectively and will be subsumed in the cumulative revised rates effective from 01.07.2021,” Thakur had told in the Upper House.
Though the present COVID-19 situation in the country is also grim, the Central government employees and pensioners are expecting resumption of the DA and DR from July 1, 2021.